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Minimalism: Live better with Less clutter

I have always been told a tidy house, is a tidy mind and as I have grown up into the independent woman I am, it has proven to be true.

Minimalism can strongly benefit your mental health because it means there are fewer things to distract or trigger you, which in turn positively impacts your mind and gives you the space to think clearly.

But let's take it back, what is minimalism or a minimalist lifestyle?

What is minimalism?

Minimalist living is all about focusing on the things that are valuable to us and removing the negative things that distract us from them. For example, getting rid of clutter and unnecessary things in your life that you may not use or need anymore.

If you are anything like me you keep them anyway, in the thought that one day you might wear them, or you might use them. By getting rid of these little things you will make way for a more fulfilled and meaningful life.

Minimalism is often confused with anti-materialism, so it is important to remember that minimalism is not about throwing all your possessions away, it is about decluttering the items that are least important in your life and are just adding clutter to your mind and body.

Now that we have spoken a little bit about what minimalism is and how it can positively help your mental health here are some tips on how to live a minimalist lifestyle.

Tips for living a minimalist lifestyle

Plan your minimising

I think the first thing to do when you are thinking of moving to a minimalist lifestyle, is to sit down with a notebook and write down what you want to minimise, whether it be your wardrobe or your desk. If you have a whole home to de-clutter maybe go by room, which room you would like to start first etc. This will help organise your mind instead of just going headfirst; it’s important to know where to start and what order to go in.

Use it or lose it

Secondly, a good rule to go by when you start minimising is 'Use It or Lose It.' This helps you to categorise what you use and don't use. It will also outline the things you may have used once or twice but if you haven't used it or worn it within the last 6 months maybe it is time to toss it.

I also think it is important to try and detach yourself emotionally from physical items because it will become harder to separate from an item if you have memories and strong feelings attached to it.

Reflect and Question

If you are struggling to emotionally detach yourself from certain items, then ask yourself these three main questions; Is it useful? Is it the only one you have? Does it bring any positive value to your life? If this is yes for all of the above, then you can keep the item and maybe ask yourself the same questions a few months down the line and if the answer is still yes then it does not need to be decluttered.

By following these tips, you may find positive benefits in your life, they may help you become less stressed, extra organised and more importantly help you become happy with where you live and how it looks.

I go through periods of being really on top of my life and being organised but then I also go through periods where my mood is quite low. When I feel down my lifestyle and organisaiton are usually affected but by keeping a more minimalist attitude I find it is much easier to stay on top of mess and my space. I love nothing more than getting rid of things and creating organised spaces.

If you are wanting to make a change in your life this 2022 then maybe the minimalist life could be for you and I hope this guide shows you what minimalism is all about and a few little tips on how you can start the minimalist lifestyle and live better with less clutter.

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